Help! Component selection for gaming pc under $AU2000

Hello,
I am looking to buy components for a gaming pc in australia. I have a budget of $AU 2000 which would not include a monitor or operating system.
I have been researching and have thought about this build:
i7 3820
AsRock x79 etreme 3
thermaltake level 10gt case
850W+ PSu
16 gb ram 2133mhz or more
60gb SSD ( foroperating system)
1 TB samsung hd
gtx 670/ati 7970
Bluray Optical Drive
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  1. looks good but i dont think a 850W psu is necessary, 700 should be fine. And also, you should apreciate a bigger ssd so you can put games and programs you use frequently and some temporary files.
  2. This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
  3. wraith2k said:
    Hello,
    I am looking to buy components for a gaming pc in australia. I have a budget of $AU 2000 which would not include a monitor or operating system.
    I have been researching and have thought about this build:
    i7 3820
    AsRock x79 etreme 3
    thermaltake level 10gt case
    850W+ PSu
    16 gb ram 2133mhz or more
    60gb SSD ( foroperating system)
    1 TB samsung hd
    gtx 670/ati 7970
    Bluray Optical Drive



    With that budget I would do something like this.


    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=25_31&products_id=20224 $149.00
    CoolerMaster HAF XM Case

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9_601&products_id=11310 $25.00
    CoolerMaster CM Storm Force Red LED 200mm

    or...

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=25_961&products_id=18307 $145.00
    Corsair Carbide 500R Case - Black

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15_972&products_id=19011 $189.00
    Seasonic M12II 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Modular Power Supply

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=138_711_1183&products_id=19870 $189.00
    ASRock Z77 Extreme6 Motherboard

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=187_346_1184&products_id=20138 $239.00
    Intel Core i5 3570K

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=207_23_845&products_id=20223 $75.00
    CoolerMaster TPC 812 CPU Cooler

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=186_912&products_id=21011 $65.00
    G.Skill Ares F3-2133C11D-8GAO 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=210_344&products_id=13660 $119.00
    Western Digital WD Black 1TB WD1002FAEX

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=210_902_1376&products_id=20077 $199.00
    SanDisk Extreme Solid State Drive 240GB

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_1387&products_id=20209 $489.00
    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 Overclocked 2GB
  4. With a $2K budget... I would be basing a build around SLI gtx 670. Your just not going to see any performance benefit building on an x79 platform for gaming. Going with an unlocked i5 on z77 will give you the required CPU performance for gaming, and free up your budget to allow for SLI gtx 670.

    CPU - Intel 3570K $239.00
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=187_346_1184&products_id=20138

    CPU Cooler - CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO - $36
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=207_23_845&products_id=18670

    MOBO - Asrock z77 EXtreme4 - $155
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=138_711_1183&products_id=19867

    RAM - G.Skill Ares F3-1600C9D-8GAO 8GB - $55
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=19632

    HDD - Seagate Barracuda 1TB - $89
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=210_344&products_id=19747

    SSD - SanDisk Extreme Solid State Drive 120GB - $109
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=19790

    GPU - 2 x EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB - $958 (2 x $479)
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_1387&products_id=20210

    CASE - Corsair Carbide 400R - $118
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=25_961&products_id=18306

    PSU - Antec High Current Gamer 750W - $135
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15_226&products_id=16142

    OPTICAL - Samsung SH-222BB SATA DVDRW - $22
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=658_667&products_id=19482

    total $1916
  5. Formata said:
    With a $2K budget... I would be basing a build around SLI gtx 670. Your just not going to see any performance benefit building on an x79 platform for gaming. Going with an unlocked i5 on z77 will give you the required CPU performance for gaming, and free up your budget to allow for SLI gtx 670.

    CPU - Intel 3570K $239.00
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=187_346_1184&products_id=20138

    CPU Cooler - CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO - $36
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=207_23_845&products_id=18670

    MOBO - Asrock z77 EXtreme4 - $155
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=138_711_1183&products_id=19867

    RAM - G.Skill Ares F3-1600C9D-8GAO 8GB - $55
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=19632

    HDD - Seagate Barracuda 1TB - $89
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=210_344&products_id=19747

    SSD - SanDisk Extreme Solid State Drive 120GB - $109
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=19790

    GPU - 2 x EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB - $958 (2 x $479)
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_1387&products_id=20210

    CASE - Corsair Carbide 400R - $118
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=25_961&products_id=18306

    PSU - Antec High Current Gamer 750W - $135
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15_226&products_id=16142

    OPTICAL - Samsung SH-222BB SATA DVDRW - $22
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=658_667&products_id=19482

    total $1916

    +1

    Nice build.
  6. Thanks all for your input, it has given me something to think about.

    P.S. Aren't there difficulties with sli cards as the drivers for games are relesed llater usually?
  7. Thanks all for your input, it has given me something to think about.

    P.S. Aren't there difficulties with sli cards as the drivers for games are relesed llater usually?
  8. Why_Me said:
    With that budget I would do something like this.


    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=25_31&products_id=20224 $149.00
    CoolerMaster HAF XM Case

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9_601&products_id=11310 $25.00
    CoolerMaster CM Storm Force Red LED 200mm

    or...

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=25_961&products_id=18307 $145.00
    Corsair Carbide 500R Case - Black

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15_972&products_id=19011 $189.00
    Seasonic M12II 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Modular Power Supply

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=138_711_1183&products_id=19870 $189.00
    ASRock Z77 Extreme6 Motherboard

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=187_346_1184&products_id=20138 $239.00
    Intel Core i5 3570K

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=207_23_845&products_id=20223 $75.00
    CoolerMaster TPC 812 CPU Cooler

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=186_912&products_id=21011 $65.00
    G.Skill Ares F3-2133C11D-8GAO 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=210_344&products_id=13660 $119.00
    Western Digital WD Black 1TB WD1002FAEX

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=210_902_1376&products_id=20077 $199.00
    SanDisk Extreme Solid State Drive 240GB

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_1387&products_id=20209 $489.00
    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 Overclocked 2GB


    What about a closed loop water cooler for the cpu like a corsair h60 or antec 620?
  9. Water cooling shouldn't be necessary unless you really care about looks.

    Speaking of the 2x SLI 670s, don't go for the EVGA version. I have it myself, and I am convinced there are better alternatives, like the Gigabyte or ASUS versions.
  10. Thanks, I wanted to go for a fairly silent system. Would it be quieter with a closed loop pre-filled cpu cooler like the corsair h70 or antec 620? Is 750W really enough if I had sli gtx670's and a 3570k, 16gb of ram and 2 hardrives?
  11. wraith2k said:
    Thanks, I wanted to go for a fairly silent system. Would it be quieter with a closed loop pre-filled cpu cooler like the corsair h70 or antec 620? Is 750W really enough if I had sli gtx670's and a 3570k, 16gb of ram and 2 hardrives?

    750w for an Ivy Bridge build is more than enough. Technically you can get by with a 650w psu for 670's in SLI but 750w gives you headroom for extra's including over clocking, drives, fans, etc....

    16GB of RAM is fine if you plan on using Auto CAD, a lot of video editing, CS5, etc... otherwise 8GB of RAM is more than enough. 4GB of RAM for a gaming build will work but RAM is dirt cheap atm and everyone moved on over to 2x4GB sets.

    As far as quiet goes, that CM cooler I posted is a lot more quiet than the H100 and goes head to head with it.

    http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=2654 <----- review of that CM cpu h/s @ Frosty Tech

    http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm <----- that same CM cpu h/s on Frosty Tech's Top 5 list
  12. the 660ti's should be out soon , might be worth the wait to see how they affect prices on g.cards
    closed water system i would be thinking h100 not the 60
  13. Unless you are running a 120Hz monitor or a high res like 2560x1440/2560x1600, one 670 is enough to max out most games.
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